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An exciting 2011 BMW Lineup

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For 2011, BMW’s lineup features enhanced performance and efficiency, new designs and exciting new options. 2011 models have already hit showrooms and this year’s new vehicles include some of the most anticipated premieres ever. In this line up there are many newly designed models and innovative new features on existing models. Some vehicles have remained unchanged while others have been given additional options.

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One high point of the 2011 BMW lineup is the introduction of the new N55 engine, an inline 6-cylinder Twin-Scroll Turbo Engine that will be installed in the 135i Coupe and Convertible, the 335i Sedan, Coupe and Convertible; the all new 535i Sedan, the 535i Grand Turismo; the X5 xDrive 35i and the X6 xDrive 35i. This new single turbo engine replaces the previous twin turbo inline 6-cylinder engine and although it shares the same aluminum block it uses a new cylinder head with BMW Valvetronic and incorporates a single twin scroll type turbo.

The results are amazing— while still delivering 300hp and 300 lb-ft torque like the previous engine, fuel efficiency has improved by 7% and the driver feels a faster response. There is no doubt that you will certainly notice the difference when you put your foot down on the pedal. Yes, even good things can be made even better. The previous twin turbo engine will still be offered with Z4 sDrive 35i and an enhanced version of the same engine will powerthe Z4 sDrive 35is and the 335is Coupe and Convertible. In addition to the brand new models, several existing models have seen redesigns and/or received improved option choices and features.

On your next visit to the showroom, we would be happy to tell you all about these changes. It’s not all about power, it’s also about control. The new transmission choices for 2011 are very exciting. They are my personal favorite for new options of this upcoming sales year. The 7-Speed Double Clutch Transmission (DCT) that has previously been reserved for M-series vehicles is now available as an upgraded option to the Steptronic Automatic Transmission on many models. Automatic transmission lovers have something special in store as well: BMW’s new 8-Speed Automatic Transmission will now be offered on the 535i, 550i and the new X5.

X Series Highlights

Leading the pack of new models is the recently redesigned 2011 BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle. It will feature the all new 6 and 8-cylinder engines, exterior refinements and several new features. Highlights of the exterior changes are new front and rear bumpers, additional body colour parts, LED taillights and new exterior colours and upholsteries. The X5 xDrive35i will replace the xDrive30i and feature the new N55 Twin-Scroll Turbo Engine, the X5 xDrive50i will replace the xDrive48i and will come equipped with the same 4.4L TwinPowerTurbo V-8 as the X6 xDrive50i.

These new engines offer more power, more torque and make the X5 and much more fun vehicle to drive. The X5 xDrive35d will continue to feature its efficient 6 cylinder diesel engine and 6-Speed Automatic Transmission. Standard new features such as BMW Efficient Dynamics technologies, 8 Speed Automatic Transmission with Shift Paddles and Brake Energy Regeneration, ensure you will love your new X5 so much that you will hardly miss your old one.

One of the newer members of the BMW family, the X6 Sports Activity Coupe, has not been forgotten for 2011 and will see some captivating new additions to its standard equipment such as Brake Energy Regeneration, 8 Speed Sport Automatic Transmission with Shift Paddles, 20” Spoke Alloy Wheels. A new optional Technology Package includes Lane Departure warning and Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go. The BMW 2010 Active Hybrid has arrived and is readyto set a precedent as the world’s most dynamic hybrid. Go green without compromising performance and power!

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3 Series Highlights

The wonderful 3 series Sedan and Wagon are virtually unchanged except the 335d Sedan can now be ordered with the M Sport Package. Both vehicles share exterior paint changes, Vermillion Red paint replaces Barbera Red, and Deep Sea Blue replaces Monaco Blue Metallic. Come in to see these beautiful new colours. A stunning face lift and impressive updates have renewed the thrill of owning a new 3 Series Coupe or Cabriolet. Highlights ofthe changes are new headlights and tail lights, a new hood design and kidney grille, new side skirts, new wheels and new front and rearfascias. These sleek, subtle changes in all the right places make the 2011 3 Series seem almost completely reborn with style that is all BMW. In addition, to the new Vermillion Red and Deep Sea Blue exterior colours, Mineral White Metallic can also be ordered forthe Coupe and Cabriolet.

On the inside, BMW will now offer a new sleek Bamboo Anthracite Wood trim. And to prove this new 3 Series is more than just a pretty face, you will be blown away by what’s under the hood -the all new twin scroll turbocharged engine is powerful and efficient and offers driver feedback and excelleration that needs to be experienced to be fully appreciated. Transmission choices for both the 335i Coupe and Cabriolet are either a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-speed automatic with Steptronic paddles.

For the performance enthusiast in all of us, the arrival of the new BMW 335is Coupe and 335is Cabriolet offers all the dynamic performance and luxury that most of us have come to expect from BMW. Under the hood, the award-winning, twin-turbocharged BMW inline 6-cylinder engine, specially tuned and equipped to produce 320 horsepower and 330 lb-ft oftorque from its 3.0 litres of displacement is more thrilling than ever. Extra cooling and large front air ducts (Coupe only) help tame the added power. The long list offeatures on the 335is Coupe and Cabriolet also include: M Sport trim and badges, available Double Clutch Transmission (DCT) , Electromechanical PowerSteering and a newlytuned performance exhaust.

5 Series Highlights

Next on the new model roll call is the much anticipated 5 Series Sedan. The new generation ofthis BMW icon is setto impress. Atfirst glance, the new 5 Series is long, sleek and dynamic, showing off a wheel base just shy of a 7 Series. Once settled into the precise, ergonomically designed cockpit, the perfectfit is apparent right away—everything can be operated and enjoyed effortlessly. Innovative features such as Brake Energy Regeneration, Eight Speed Automatic Transmission and Integral Active Steering put this vehicle at the very top of its class. The top-of-the-line 550i features the same engine as the 550i Gran Turismo: a roaring twin turbocharged V8 that boasts 400 hp and 450lb-ft torque. When the new 535i arrives it will boast the brand new inline 6-cylinder Twin-Scroll Turbo Engine.

Other Model Highlights

Debuting as a completely newly designed model in 2009, the BMW Z4 Roadster will continue leaving speed enthusiasts breathless in 2011. A new turbo charged 335hp engine and a new acoustically tuned exhaust will enhance the new model year. I welcome you to call or visit us at Brian Jessel BMW today to view this impressive line up and experience service beyond your expectations.

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